Even though coronavirus has been around for quite a while now, most of us are still on lockdown. But it has been so long that the necessity to stay all the time indoors can make anybody crazy and lonely. So, it’s essential to keep in touch with loved ones and try to spend time doing something that will be useful for you in the long run. You can read some books, listen to podcasts, watch different movies, and do so many other things!
And of course, there are apps that will help you do just that, we’ve gathered them all right here. Download and enjoy!
Many people listen to audiobooks while they drive or go somewhere on public transport, but it’s also fun to do it while being at home and doing housework, for example. Amazon Audible is very convenient in this aspect because you can simply download the app on your phone. Another advantage of this service is that audiobooks tend to be rather costly: their price is usually $15-$30, but with Amazon Audible monthly subscription, you get one book each month for $14.95, and the cost of the original audiobook doesn’t matter. The app for your phone is free.
You can also read electronic books, and Kindle is ideal for that! It has this cool feature where you can get their app on a tablet or phone, and the technology called Whispersync will remember your progress in reading the book if you read it on multiple devices or even listen to it. E-books usually are less pricey than the physical copy (the cost is around $10 typically), and you won’t have to worry about books taking up space in your home.
In these stressful times, it’s a good idea to start meditating to keep sane. There are multiple apps for learning how to meditate, but Headspace is the best one. It has a number of courses, for example, the basics of meditation or the positivity guide called “Happiness.” You can choose from the vast diversity based on how much time you’re willing to spend meditating; it can be as little as 1-3 minutes. If you have problems with falling asleep, there are records that will help you with that as well. Headspace is $12.99 per month ($69.99 per year), and there’s a free trial period.
Crossword puzzles from The New York Times
If you’re looking to train your brain in a compelling and amusing way, here’s an ideal option for you: The New York Times Crossword puzzle. The week starts with the easiest puzzles, but they get progressively more complicated every day. Each time you answer all the puzzle questions, you receive a gold medal, which makes the process even more enjoyable. The subscription is $3.47 per month; you can download the app for iPhone and Android.
You can find many apps for listening to podcasts, or simply use your favorite music application like Spotify. However, Pocketcasts is still a superior option, as it shows you your library first of all, and you aren’t distracted by anything else. With this app, you can listen to any type of podcast, no matter if you’re interested in physics, politics, or the lives of YouTubers. This app is free to download and available for iPhone and Android.
This is a free online learning platform created by Google to help teachers and students study from home. Google Classroom is seen as the learning suite, which is perfect for studying in the time of self-distancing. It requires the schools to create accounts in order to ensure safety, but it’s free.
Nike Training Club
If you’re missing the gym and wish to exercise again, try Nike Training Club. You’ll find all sorts of training programs created by professionals. Classes are diverse as well, so you can find whatever suits your fitness goals. For example, you can do yoga or exercise for endurance and mobility, etc. The app is also great for controlling other metrics, like what you eat and how much you sleep.
The famous dating app might seem like a weird choice midst-pandemic, but hear us out. At this moment, Tinder’s developers are trying to give us a unique way to talk to people (online, of course) with whom we might have common interests.
There’s also this new fun feature called Passport, with the help of which you can match and talk to people from all over the world.
And if you’re looking for a job now, check out the best apps for just that in this article.